Tween Comic Club is a place for comic lovers ages 9-14 to discuss what they are reading each month. Here is the latest list of the books we’ve been talking about and that our tween readers recommend! Follow the links to check out a copy for yourself. And don’t forget to join a Tween Comic Club meeting if you would like to learn how you can submit your own recommendations to our feature! We typically meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Find our next meeting on the events calendar.
The Sprite and the Gardener by Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt
Long ago, sprites used to grow things. Then the humans arrived, and the sprites were no longer needed. But when one sprite, Wisteria, stumbles across a garden that needs help, she wonders if things could be different.
Ms. Krysta says: “A feel-good story about caring for growing things drawn in a sparse palette of earthy tones. Fans of the Tea Dragon Society books will be enchanted by this simple tale about following one’s passion and creating beauty along the way.”
Karen’s Worst Day by Katy Farina
Everything is going wrong and, finally, Karen is punished and sent to her room. Will her day get better, or will it be the worst day ever? The third book in the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series.
Cori T. says: “It was really good. I really enjoyed the story line. The illustrations were really good because of how colorful and animated it looked. I also loved how much I could kinda relate to Karen.”
Pashmina by Nidhi Ghanani
Priyanka Das wonders why her mom left India, and her dad, behind, but her mom never wants to talk about it. Then Priyanka discovers a magical pashmina that transports her to a colorful world. But is it the real India? What secrets will Priyanka uncover?
Ms. Faith says: “Beautiful book with vibrant illustrations and a heartfelt story. I love to learn about other cultures, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. The author did an excellent job of bringing her culture onto the pages with clarity, understanding, and a desire to learn more. There is also a super-helpful glossary of words in the back. I would love to see this turn into a series because there is definitely more to this story.”
Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige, Ill. by Stephen Byrne
As heir to the throne of Xebel, a colony of Atlantis, Mera is expected to marry a future king. But she has other plans. If she assassinates Arthur Curry, heir to Atlantis, she can free Xebel from Atlantian rule. Complications arise, however, when Mera finds herself falling in love with Arthur instead.
Sklyan B. says: “I love this book. The artwork is fantastic. The story shows a different side of Mera, showing her as rebellious and confident. This is a highly recommended comic.”
Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic by Thom Pico
Aster is getting used to the magic in her new valley home, but she never imagined she would be facing a sheep uprising. Fortunately, the sheep don’t seem too bright, but they are becoming a nuisance. Can Aster and her friends thwart the rebellion before the age of humans is over and the age of the sheep begins? Sequel to Aster and the Accidental Magic.
Ms. Krysta says: “Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic is a hilarious story in which the titular character, along with her family and friends, must save their village from a group of vengeful sheep. At first, no one takes the sheep too seriously, but these sheep mean business! This ridiculous adventure had me laughing out loud and eager to read the next book in the series!”